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CBP Officers at South Texas Port of Entry Seize $10,000 Hidden in Prosthetic Limb

Release Date: 
August 10, 2012

Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry recently seized more than $10,000 in undeclared currency bound for Mexico.

During inspection, officers discovered $10,000 in U.S. currency concealed in a prosthetic leg worn by the driver.

CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge, assisted by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, made the discovery Sunday evening while observing outbound traffic leaving the United States. Officers searched a 1995 Nissan pickup truck after the driver gave conflicting declarations when asked if he was carrying more than $10,000. During inspection, officers discovered $10,000 in U.S. currency concealed in a prosthetic leg worn by the driver. Officers seized the hidden currency along with $504 from the driver's wallet. The driver, a 56-year-old Grand Prairie man, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.

"While travelers are not limited in the amount of money they can import or export, amounts in excess of $10,000 must be declared," said Port Director Cynthia O. Rodriguez. "The filing of a Currency or Monetary Instrument Report form is required for the transportation of negotiable instruments or currency in amounts equaling or exceeding $10,000 into or out of the United States."

The legal requirement of declaring currency over $10,000 is contained in 31USC 5316.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017